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Motorola unveils lightweight GUI toolkit

May 29, 2001 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

Austin, TX — (press release excerpt) — Motorola's Semiconductor Products Sector today anounced availability of a graphical user interface (GUI) extension for Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition (J2ME) implementations. Motorola's Lightweight Windowing Toolkit (LWT) can be added to any implementation of J2ME that is compliant to the Mobile Information Device Profile (MIDP) specification. This advanced applications programming interface (API) enhances the GUI capabilities of the platform and can give developers full control of the look and feel of their applications. This makes it possible for simpler, more intuitive client device software for users of future mobile communications products.

LWT integrates with the MIDP and enhances it with a component-level API. This allows developers to control the contents and layout of their screens. User interface elements such as buttons, checkboxes, text fields, and images can be added to J2ME applications. Developers can mix standard MIDP screens with LWT screens in the same application. LWT integrates with and extends the MIDP without impacting the portability of MIDP-compliant applications. LWT is also extensible, so developers can create imaginative new components, or match the look and feel of components used in their applications on other platforms.

Developers can obtain the LWT specification, white papers, programming guide, sample programs, and technical documentation will be available beginning Monday, June 4, 2001 on the Motorola Applications Global Network (MAGNET) web site, here. Motorola is working with various tools vendors who will integrate LWT into their programming environments.

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